Lawyer for British woman accused of making up claim of gang rape in Cyprus quits over 'disagreement'

The lawyer for a British woman accused of a false allegation of gang rape has reportedly withdrawn from the case following a disagreement (Picture: IAKOVOS HATZISTAVROU/AFP/Getty Images)

The lawyer representing a British woman accused of making a false allegation of gang rape in Cyprus has reportedly withdrawn from the case following a ‘serious disgreement’ with his client.

The 19-year-old woman is facing a charge of public nuisance after allegedly falsely accusing a group of 12 Israelis of rape at a hotel in the resort of Ayia Napa.

As her lawyer quit, citing a ‘disagreement’, it also appeared that the woman’s family have set up a Go Fund Me page to raise £15,000 for legal fees for her case.

According to the page, they claim the teen gave a statement under duress, leading to the collapse of the initial investigation.

Andreas Pittadjis, the Cypriot lawyer for a British teenager who accused seven Israelis of gang rape, quit the case citing a disagreement (Picture: MATTHIEU CLAVEL/AFP/Getty Images)

The Israelis were detained following the woman’s allegation but later released and have since returned to Israel.

She is now being held in custody and following the resignation of lawyer Andreas Pittadjis the case has been adjourned to later this month to allow the woman time to find a new lawyer.


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The girl’s family, who have reportedly enlisted the help of Justice Abroad, have claimed she gave her statement under duress.

A GoFundMe page set up on Thursday says: “In the early hours of Sunday the 28th of July 2019, following a week of traumatic events, our daughter was arrested for allegedly making a false allegation of rape in Cyprus and is currently being detained in prison awaiting trial.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by the family of a girl accused of making a false allegation of gang rape in Cyprus (Picture: GoFundMe)

“We maintain that the statement was given under duress and in breach of her rights, resulting in the collapse of the initial investigation and charges of public mischief being made against her.

“She is alone in a prison abroad after an awful series of events, we just want to bring her home.”

The page said Justice Abroad has been providing assistance in the UK and is bringing together an expert legal team from the UK and Cyprus to challenge the alleged breaches of her rights.

It said the crowdfund is being administered by a UK lawyer John Hobbs in order to protect the woman’s anonymity.

On Friday £65 had been donated to the fund.

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